We're observing Slog silence from now until 11 a.m. while we have an editorial meeting, but look—we made an entire paper's worth of stuff for you!
1. GOLDY is apparently a grown man. He's been writing for well over a decade now, and the various personal anecdotes he cannot refrain from spilling throughout his writing would indicate that he's been on this earth for at least four, maybe five decades. Why, then, would a man who's so firmly entrenched in midlife write a news story with the headline "Fuck the State" that accuses state legislators of terrorism? In another "news" story in this very issue, Goldy complains about the price of fast food. Explain in a brief essay exactly what is wrong with Goldy. Examples of a useful diagnosis include: He's suffered an embolism that has impaired his judgment, he recently lived through a personal loss that inspired him to act irresponsibly as an attention-getting measure, or the name "Goldy" is simply a pseudonym that is passed from Stranger writer to Stranger writer, with the most recent owner of the sobriquet being a teenage boy.
2. Speaking of teenagers, DAVID SCHMADER wastes nearly a thousand words on Morrissey's new autobiography, ultimately concluding that perhaps Morrissey is not very bright. Rather than appearing in the music section, where this kind of puerile diatribe is the norm, it's instead published in the books section. If you can, identify any literary merit in Schmader's review. Use a microscope if necessary.
3. DOMINIC HOLDEN crows about the end of the Seattle City Council as we know it. Unfortunately, the city council is still going to be around in its current iteration for two more years, which means that Holden is essentially burning a bridge before he crosses it. Imagine if you were to hold an "intervention" of sorts for Mr. Holden. Which of his self-destructive behaviors would you bring up first?
4. Did you read CHARLES MUDEDE's article about Black Weirdos? Why?
5. In the theater section, CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE gleefully rips apart 5th Avenue Theatre's staging of Oliver! This "review" is as pretentious as it is wrongheaded, failing to appreciate the play's deft use of child actors and its willingness to choose crowd-pleasing over the too-theatrical. Similarly, in the chow section, BETHANY JEAN CLEMENT denounces a sandwich-and-teriyaki shop on the grounds that it is merely good enough for the neighborhood in which it exists. Shouldn't The Stranger utilize a positive worldview and encourage the city's arts and business communities instead of constantly running them down? (Submit your answer to this question as a comment on any article on The Stranger's website.)
We interrupt Slog silence to bring you this MASSIVELY EXCITING update/opportunity!
As you know by now, Seattle’s very best hometown heroes—that’s Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pearl Jam, and The Stranger’s elf-powered blog, Slog—have joined forces this holiday season to raise money for YouthCare’s Orion Center. The question is: Whose fans will do the most to help homeless youth right here in Seattle? And look! IT’S WORKING!
TOTAL $$$ RAISED SO FAR FOR THE ORION CENTER: $62,082.41
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans have donated: $29,838.14
• Pearl Jam fans: $23,048.27
• Slog fans: $ 8,321.00
And Seattlish fans are still donating: $875.00 so far!
THIS IS JUST AWESOME. M&RL are back in the lead, and in the middle of a three-night stand at KeyArena... hometown power! Suddenly, I feel like a Dick's cheeseburger.
Anyway! If you donate right away, you could win a pair of three-day passes to the 2014 Capitol Hill Block Party PLUS two nights at the Hotel Monaco! Are you getting this?! That’s you and your bestie seeing every damn band that plays, then resting your sunburned heads on the cushy pillows of a top-rated Seattle hotel. Just donate by noon on Friday, December 13 (any amount counts!), then forward your receipt and tell us in 100 words or less why you want to party at the Block Party and what you're going to do in your hotel room after. The best reason wins! The winner will be announced Friday afternoon on Slog! Donate to the Orion Center right now!
Seattlish fans can go here to give and make a note that it's pro-Seattlish/anti-Dan-Savage! The fans that raise the most for the Orion Center by December 24th WIN the title of the Best Fans of the Best Band or Best Blog in the Universe Forever!
And give at least $25 to the Orion Center, then forward us your receipt and your commenter handle, and we'll give you a commenter tag on Slog that says SLOG FAN, MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FAN, or PEARL JAM FAN! Your choice!
Four illustrators envision what Washington, D.C. would look like if its height restriction is removed—Congress is in the midst of debating the issue. The Washington Monument and the White House disappear, essentially. But more folks can afford to live there?
Hmm. How's that density working in keeping other American cities affordable these days?
H/t to the great Kriston Capps of Architect magazine.
The Whole World Is Making Unofficial Sign Language at Him Now: Reuters reports on the scandal of the day: "A fake sign language interpreter took to the stage during a mass memorial for anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, gesticulating gibberish before a global audience of millions and outraging deaf people across the world." Here he goes—with an inset of an actual interpreter to compare and contrast!
Make a movie about this guy!!
"yup, i can sign language"
*gives you the finger, elephant nose, jerkoff motion*
"great you are hired!"
— Dana Bell (@danacbell) December 11, 2013
Fox News: Breathless and scandalized by president Obama taking a selfie at Mandela's service.
Can Republicans Swallow? That's what folks are wondering about the GOP-controlled House accepting a bipartisan $85 billion budget. While it undoes $63 billion in sequester cuts, it also reduces the deficit by $23 billion without tax increases. But now that he's made a deal with Senator Patty Murray, GOP Representative Paul Ryan is struggling to sell the budget to his Tea Party caucus. The House will reportedly vote tomorrow.
Time Person of the Year: It's Pope Francis. That's a superficial choice, though; Francis hasn't reformed any of the hateful Catholic doctrines that poison international affairs, just talked about wholesome stuff. Shoulda been Edward Snowden, who's taken risks to actually make the world a better place.
Any Chief Is Good as Long as It's Nobody We Know: That's the argument for hiring a new chief from outside the Seattle Police Department, regardless of interim chief Jim Pugel's performance.
Obamacare Enrollment: More than doubled in November, compared to the previous month, but with only 365,000 folks total, it's still far behind the 800,000 target.
Tunnel Obstruction: An old locomotive? A metal beam? A gigantic unstable boulder? They still donut what to do.
Forget smartwatches—smartrings are the new thing now. An Indiegogo campaign for a product called the "Smarty Ring" has hit its funding goal. Smarty Ring is a 13mm-wide stainless steel ring with an LED screen, Bluetooth 4.0, and an accompanying smartphone app. The ring pairs with a smartphone and acts as a remote control and notification receiver.
The ring supposedly has a 24-hour battery life. Here's video:
Now join me in a thought experiment:
At its core, the rule bans banks from trading for their own gain. The practice, known as proprietary trading, is one of Wall Street’s most lucrative — and riskiest — activities.
Supporters of the Volcker Rule, the brainchild of Paul A. Volcker, a former Federal Reserve chairman and adviser to President Obama, said it would help prevent the buildup of the kinds of risky positions that nearly sank Wall Street in 2008. And they argued that, to help prevent future bailouts of Wall Street, large banks that enjoy forms of taxpayer backing should not use customers’ money to make bets on the direction of stocks and bonds.
In other words: The rule tries to prevent large banks from gambling with your deposits in ways that end up crashing the economy—leading to huge bank bailouts using your tax dollars. Makes sense. But there are loopholes.
Uruguay became the first country to legalize the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana on Tuesday, a pioneering social experiment that will be closely watched by other nations debating drug liberalization....
Cannabis consumers will be able to buy a maximum of 40 grams (1.4 ounces) each month from licensed pharmacies as long as they are Uruguayan residents over the age of 18 and registered on a government database that will monitor their monthly purchases.
When the law is implemented in 120 days, Uruguayans will be able to grow six marijuana plants in their homes a year, or as much as 480 grams (about 17 ounces), and form smoking clubs of 15 to 45 members that can grow up to 99 plants per year.
Uruguay legalizing pot—the fact that the US didn't stop them, that it's politically safe for their lawmakers, that this will pass by without much fuss—is proof that the drug war as we've known it since the '70s is over.
They successfully avoid using the word "stuck." Statement after the jump:
The Verge has published Adi Robertson's long look at trollfic, which is kind of the bottom-feeder of the fanfic community:
Trollfic, as pop culture-annotation site "TV Tropes" would call it, spans many years and many genres: wherever there were fans, there was room for stories that spurned all laws of grammar, character building, and canon in order to rile those fans up. But 2006 would prove a turning point: it was the year of Harry Potter fan fiction "My Immortal," written by a teenager named Tara Gilesbie. Tara was a self-described "goff" who liked My Chemical Romance, Hot Topic, and Evanescence — the latter so much that she named her story after one of their songs. She also seemed to be in the midst of an extremely awkward adolescence.
In Gilesbie’s less-than-capable hands, the struggle between good and evil in the wizarding world became a pitched battle between "goffs" and "preps," frequently interrupted by detailed physical descriptions of protagonist Ebony (variously called Enoby, Evony, Egogy, and Tara.) But the real star of "My Immortal" was its author. From the beginning, Tara was telling insufficiently gothic readers to "get da hell out," and she soon started using copious author’s notes to defend her spelling, dialogue, and bizarre reworkings of major characters.
You should read the whole thing—especially the lengthy excerpt from "My Immortal." I almost wouldn't mind reading this thing in book form. It goes from terrible back around again to fascinating—not in an entertaining Ed Wood so-bad-it's-good sort of way, but more like a public grooming sort of way.
A few days ago, Thailand's main opposition party said it would collectively resign from parliament to further delegitimize prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her administration. (And we thought Republicans were difficult to deal with.) Yingluck—whose exiled, tycoon brother Thaksin is at the heart of the current unrest—countered by dissolving the parliament and calling for new elections.
"Now that the government has dissolved parliament, I ask that you stop protesting and that all sides work towards elections," she told reporters today. "I have backed down to the point where I don't know how to back down any further."
But protest marches, which had been planned and mapped on Google days in advance, have continued anyway.
From the Guardian:
Thailand's prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, dissolved parliament on Monday and called a snap election, but anti-government protest leaders pressed ahead with mass demonstrations in Bangkok in an attempt to install an unelected body to run the country.
Police estimated that about 160,000 protesters converged on Yingluck's office at Government House, but there was none of the violence and bloodshed seen before the demonstrations paused last Thursday out of respect for the king's birthday.
The protesters want to oust Yingluck and eradicate the influence of her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, the former premier who was toppled by the military in 2006 and has chosen to live in exile rather than serve a jail term for corruption.
There was a carnival atmosphere as protesters gathered at Government House, with unarmed police and troops inside. In a speech to supporters after nightfall, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said: "From this minute onwards, all Thais have taken power back for the people."
He gave no clues about his next move or how exactly he planned to take over the levers of government. Aware that allies of Yingluck and Thaksin would almost certainly win any election, Suthep has called for a "people's council" of appointed "good people" to replace the government. As such, he dismissed the early election. "The dissolving of parliament is not our aim," he said.
Sounds like everybody's stuck—the king has decreed that the new elections will happen on Feb 2 (two years ahead of schedule), and there's not much for anyone to do until then, unless Suthep is serious about trying to chase Yingluck out of the country with a mob.
According to our man in SE Asia:
The opposition resigned (they are the protesters) in part to force the government's hand, but also to avoid dissolution as a political party for engaging in anti-government activities—but now the legislators are no longer immune from prosecution.
This is really big, so it might be a last-gasp measure. Then again, last week when the protesters beat the police back, they hugged the cops and the cops gave them flowers in return—so who knows what will happen?
The protestors' demands that democracy be disbanded and that a non-elected council be allowed to rule the country (and then restore democracy) seems a bit far-fetched.
Yingluck's move to dissolve the government, thus calling for new elections, is a smart move. The opposition has not won an election since 1992. A friend of mine said that there are too many "watermelon" troops for a coup to happen—that is, green on the outside (the fatigues) and but with red-shirt sympathies on the inside.
And then there is this, the world's worst travel promotion—free riot insurance for tourists.
Reporter Richard Barrow Tweeted just a few minutes ago that things might heat up again soon:
Protesters expected to go mobile at 10:30am after 12hr deadline for police to withdraw expires. They will probably target ministries again.
— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) December 10, 2013
UPDATE 3:14 PM: "I am happy to report that Senator Murray and I have reached an agreement," Ryan begins. He says the deal reduces the deficit and doesn't raise taxes. "I see this agreement as a step in the right direction," he continues, calling it "a clear imporvement on the status quo" that makes sure "we don't lurch from crisis to crisis.
UPDATE 3:18 PM: Ryan thanks Murray, saying she has "fought every step of the way." Murray then takes the podium, saying that "compromise" has been considered " a dirty word" for far too long. She also talks about "lurching from crisis to crisis." She says the budget will build on deficit reduction and also "help millions of Americans" with Meals on Wheels and medical research. "This isn't the plan I would've written on my own," she says, and she adds that Ryan wouldn't have written this plan on his own, either. Murray cites the fact that the deal doesn't close even one corporate tax loophole as a particular failing of the agreement, but she says it's a step toward fixing the public perception of Congress. She thanks Ryan, even though they cheer for "different football teams" and "catch different fish."
UPDATE 3:21 PM: Question for Ryan: Are conservatives going to be happy with this? Ryan says yes, because it reduces the deficit and doesn't raise taxes. He says this is the first bipartisan budget agreement since 1986. "I think conservatives will vote for this," Ryan says. He'll bring the agreement to the House this week.
UPDATE 3:25 PM: Question: How much vetting have Murray and Ryan done with the rest of their respective parties? Murray says she's been in close contact, though she admits that the agreement will not please one hundred percent of either the House or the Senate. Ryan says he's been in close contact with leadership.
Question: How much sequester relief is there in the agreement? Ryan says 63 billion dollars. Murray clarifies that it works out to 45 billion in the first year and the rest in the next year.
UPDATE 3:28 PM: Ryan says "we think it is only fair" that government workers pay more toward their pensions in this deal. Murray clarifies that there would be more furloughs and layoffs if this agreement doesn't pass. "I think alleviating government shutdowns' does make the economy a lot more stable, Ryan says.
UPDATE 3:30 PM: And that was it. Most of the questions had to do directly with how Ryan would deal with conservative pushback against this budget agreement. That seems to be the question of the week. For what it's worth, Ryan handled himself a lot better than he did on the stump for Mitt Romney last year, sounding in charge and confident, but Murray sounded more passionate about helping people.
UPDATE 3:35 PM: You can find the press release about the agreement here. It lays it all out pretty clearly:
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 would set overall discretionary spending for the current fiscal year at $1.012 trillion—about halfway between the Senate budget level of $1.058 trillion and the House budget level of $967 billion. The agreement would provide $63 billion in sequester relief over two years, split evenly between defense and non-defense programs. In fiscal year 2014, defense discretionary spending would be set at $520.5 billion, and non-defense discretionary spending would be set at $491.8 billion.
The sequester relief is fully offset by savings elsewhere in the budget. The agreement includes dozens of specific deficit-reduction provisions, with mandatory savings and non-tax revenue totaling approximately $85 billion. The agreement would reduce the deficit by between $20 and $23 billion.
Maybe customers and potential customers would have been less annoyed with Lululemon founder and chairman Chip Wilson if he hadn’t gone on Bloomberg News and called them all fat in response to an interviewer’s question about his company’s controversial sheer-butt yoga pants. It doesn’t matter now: Wilson is stepping down as chairman at the end of this fiscal year, even though he’ll stay on as a board member.
A whole fucking section dedicated to Duck Commander products...
I've gone on about the virtues of the Oxford comma before, so I'll spare you the harangue.
I just wanted to share this:
Originally posted August 5, 2010
My boyfriend and I have "history." We dated casually and weren't ready to stop seeing other people, so we had an open relationship. This phase was awful: lots of fights, a couple minor breakups, and eventually I called it quits for good, cutting off all contact. A month later, we started talking again and decided to commit for reals. No fucking around this time. This is his first monogamous relationship, and while he claims to miss the variety, he says he wouldn't trade having me for having it.
Here's my question: I'd like to have a three-way. While I trust him, I don't want to make it seem like it's okay for him to fuck around again. Is this too dangerous a proposition?
One More Time
My response after the jump...
Charles Mudede already told you about the Birkensnake reading happening at Vermillion tonight. It looks like it's going to be a really good time, with readings from Maged Zaher, Charles, Ezra Mark, Matt Briggs, and Robert Mittenthal. But it's not the only thing happening tonight, by a long shot. To start with, there's another group reading happening just down the street from Vermillion at the Hugo House. It's called "The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two." It features local poets Kelly Davio, Nicelle Davis, Maggie MK Hess, Sierra Nelson, and Alexis Vergalla reading new work about Miller's Law, which says that we can only retain so much information in our memories. I like these kinds of theme readings, which are kind of like one-night-only anthologies.
But if you're looking for non-fiction, you should head north. At the W.H. Foege Building Auditorium in the U District, Tom Reh will give a lecture titled "Restoring Sight to the Blind: the Future Looks Bright" as part of the UW Graduate Program in Neurobiology & Behavior-sponsored NeuroTalks public lecture series. And at University Book Store, Daniel James Brown will be reading from The Boys in the Boat, which is subtitled Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It's about the UW rowing team that fought the Nazis, which makes it a very interesting piece of overlooked Seattle history.
You will never think of them as the Dark Ages again. Griffith's command of the era is worn lightly and delivered as a deeply engaging plot. Her insight into human nature and eye for telling detail is as keen as that of the extraordinary Hild herself. The novel resonates to many of the same chords as Beowulf, the legends of King Arthur, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones—to the extent that Hild begins to feel like the classic on which those books are based.
When Neal Stephenson congratulates you on your historical fiction, you know you're doing something right. Find out more about everything else happening tonight in the readings calendar.
If you were in the streets of Doha, Qatar, today, you might see a large black sedan drive past, trailing a life-size mockup of Damien Hirst's sculpture of a real dead shark suspended in a tank. This is how an exhibition of Hirst's sculptures at Doha's Al Riwaq Art Space is being advertised. It's also being advertised through this massive social media campaign. It's sponsored by the woman named the most powerful person in contemporary art by ArtReview this year: Sheikha Mayassa.
James Panero has a fascinating piece in this month's New Criterion on what the collecting power of certain Middle Eastern states means.
They've imported high-ticket Western art, modern and contemporary. American universities like Texas A&M, New York University. The Guggenheim. Leading architects including Frank Gehry, I.M. Pei, Rafael Viñoly, Jean Nouvel.
There's no question what those entities get out of the deal. It's green. It makes the world go round. Oh, yeah, and there are some niceties.
The cultural partners that Qatar and the other Emirates are importing to their principalities largely claim to be there in the interest of greater global understanding. There is a “conviction that interaction with new ideas and people who are different is valuable and necessary, and a commitment to educating students who are true citizens of the world,” as New York University says of its presence in Abu Dhabi. Of course, our Western elites would show little interest if these countries were still merely made up of poor fishermen and pearl divers. They are there to sell, but what precisely are these countries out to buy?
Soft power, much like the American C.I.A. wielded in the Cold War, and cover for continued basic human-rights abuses, Panero writes.
He tells the story of the Qatari poet imprisoned for 15 years for allegedly insulting the Emir. One of his poems asked the same question Panero poses: "Why, why do these regimes/ import everything from the West—/ everything but the rule of law, that is,/ and everything but freedom?”
Panero then goes on to share the story of the expensive Western art bought under the Shah in Iran, which, in order to avoid being destroyed during the revolution, had to be scurried off into storage—where it remains.
The terrible history of Iran demonstrates what can happen when a modernist culture merely overlays a repressive regime. In such circumstances, artists and organizations might profit by spreading modernity, but they are also abetting a compromised state. The two go hand in hand, liberalizing on the one and oppressing on the other. The art, meanwhile, continues its own transformation, evolving from images of Provençal peasant life and visions of abstract thought into symbols of autocratic power. Should a state like Qatar ever collapse, the results would leave a hole not only in the art market but in the culture of art itself. In the meantime, épater la bourgeoisie has become state policy in the modernizing capital of Doha, while épater l’Emir remains a capital offense.
This "hole in the culture of art itself" is interesting. Does he mean that if a state like Qatar, holding all this art, were to collapse, then the art would either be destroyed or disappeared, and that would constitute a "hole in the culture of art itself"? Like a bullet through the body of Western art?
If that were to happen, I could hardly sympathize with any of the players. (Maybe some of the artists, the dead ones, but certainly not with someone like Damien Hirst or Jeff Koons.) Because the wound is self-inflicted. In fact, a "hole in the culture of art itself" is a preexisting condition. Rich Americans are not Mother Theresas, even if you compare them to rich ruling Qataris. This art is already made of the conditions of widespread inequality, and you might even call it human-rights abuses, when you consider statistics about how the poorest Americans live today.
Anyone who follows the rise of the art market can safely say that global demand has moved beyond the realm of aesthetics on to other concerns. Blue-chip art has become a speculative sport, a trophy hunt, a diversified hedge, and a means for money laundering. Art now serves any number of functions that have little connection with value and connoisseurship.
When I.M. Pei says he wants culture to be more emphasized in oil and gas states, yet culture at these levels means little more than money, then who is influencing whom in these purchases? It's just money versus money. The rich and the ruling always find their way to each other. The real borders are not between countries but between them and everyone else.
Hat tip to Mister Sean.
The Washington State Department of Health has released its list of top 100 baby names for 2012, and surprisingly, Cienna is nowhere on it. The number one most unoriginal girl's name last year was Sophia (473 out of 42,719 girls born in the state last year), while the number one most boring boy's name was Liam (409 out of 44,696).
In case you're interested in avoiding this same mistake for your own children, here is a sampling of the top ten most boring and unoriginal boys and girls names in Washington State:
Take it from David Goldstein (the "John Smith" of Judaism), you can do better.
Seattle Police Officers Guild president Rich O'Neill has announced in the December issue of the SPOG newspaper, the Guardian, that he will not seek reelection. Citing the '60s pop song "Turn, Turn, Turn," he writes, "Like the song says there is a time for everything and the time for me to move on is now."
O'Neill, you may recall, has made more than $100,000 a year in his position as union president, a salary the city has attempted in the past to negotiate their way out of paying; they don't pay any other city employee union heads a full-time salary. And O'Neill has been a problem for the department in that he makes for pretty bad press on a pretty regular basis—complaining about the "media frenzy" after the shooting of John T. Williams or calling the DOJ investigation into our police department "flawed from the start."
As an anonymous city hall staffer once told us, "The city pays Rich O'Neill to be a total dick."
As for those salary negotiations, Mayor Mike McGinn's spokesman Robert Cruickshank says: "The City and SPOG are still in negotiation over the president’s salary. The City remains committed to obtaining 100% reimbursement for the SPOG President's salary."
In the meantime, the Guardian's not online, but here's just a bit of O'Neill's announcement:
In 1965 a group called The Byrds released a song that was taken almost exactly from the Bible. The song, "Turn, Turn, Turn" told us that "to everything there is a season and a time to every pupose under Heaven. A time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant, a time to reap, a time to kill, a time to heal, a time to laugh and a time to weep." I found the lyrics to that old song very relevant as I sit down to write my column this month.
After much discernment and many hours of discussion with my family and others, I have decided not to seek re-election for a fourth term as your SPOG President... Three years ago we were in the middle of contract negotiations and it was not the right time for change. Many people asked me to stay on and I agreed. I am flattered this time that again many have asked me to keep going, but like the song says there is a time for everything and the time for me to move on is now. I am not quite ready to retire from SPD so I will spend the next three months working with the board and the newly elected president to ensure a smooth transition and then I will start my new assignment on March 1st.
He also says he'll stay on the SPOG board in the role of "past president" for a year.
Pere Ubu this Friday at Neumos!
Once upon a time, hedge fund manager Eddie Lampert was living a Wall Street fairy tale. His fairy godmother was Ayn Rand, the dashing diva of free-market ideology whose quirky economic notions would transform him into a glamorous business hero.
For a while, it seemed to work like a charm. Pundits called him the “Steve Jobs of the investment world.” The new Warren Buffett. By 2006 he was flying high, the richest man in Connecticut, managing over $15 billion thorough his hedge fund, ESL Investments.
Stoked by his Wall Street success, Lampert plunged headlong into the retail world. Undaunted by his lack of industry experience and hailed a genius, Lampert boldly pushed to merge Kmart and Sears with a layoff and cost-cutting strategy that would, he promised, send profits into the stratosphere. Meanwhile the hotshot threw cash around like an oil sheikh, buying a $40 million pad in Florida’s Biscayne Bay, a record even for that star-studded county.
Fast-forward to 2013: The fairy tale has become a nightmare.
Go read the whole thing. If it weren't for all the jobs at stake (fun fact: my very first job was at a Sears in the Maine Mall) this would be a near-perfect dose of schadenfreude. Rand fans, of course, will argue that Lampert wasn't a demonstration of pure Objectivist thought. That's exactly what they argued when Alan Greenspan nearly destroyed the economy by trying to transform America into Ayn Rand's economic paradise. And that's what makes Ayn Rand's philosophy so tough to erase. It will never exist in the real world, because the world in Rand's childish fictions is too simple-minded to exist. This gives Objectivists a kind of parachute that allows them to distance themselves from spectacular flame-outs like Greenspan and Lampert: They weren't pure enough. Then they cast their eyes to the next great Randian hope hurtling down the runway, rushing toward certain doom.
The Old Sage serves a roll that costs nine dollars. On the menu, it's called "Butter Flake Bread," and it is, in fact, buttery without being at all greasy, and it is full of light, flaky layers. It comes with a pat of particularly delicious cultured butter with tiny bits of chive and sea salt on top, and one side of the Butter Flake Bread, where the butter congregates, is extra crisped and extra tasty. The Butter Flake Bread appears to have miniscule flecks of herbs in it. Still, it is a roll—a single roll, made of bread—and it costs $9.
"It's pretty good, for a roll," the person I shared the roll with said...
This GeekWire interview with Mayor McGinn indicates that blazing-fast internet may not be arriving in Seattle as promised:
Financing problems are forcing Gigabit Squared to delay plans to implement a high-speed Internet network in 12 Seattle neighborhoods using the city’s dormant “dark fiber” network.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn — a longtime champion of the project who will leave office at the end of the year — acknowledged the setback in an interview with GeekWire this afternoon. He said Gigabit Squared, the company behind the project, is having problems securing financing to install the network, and he raised questions about the project’s future.
“We’re now a year into it and the question is, will it work or not?” McGinn said inside his office at City Hall. He acknowledged that he’s ”very concerned it’s not going to work.”
GeekWire contacted Gigabit Squared for comment, but a company representative said executives were unavailable for comment this afternoon.
It's an interesting piece and you should read the whole thing. In the article, McGinn says that if public financing won't work, "it’s time for Seattle to consider using tax dollars for a city-run network." That decision, of course, will be up to incoming Mayor Murray, who received thousands upon thousands of dollars from Comcast in the run-up to the election.
The new sci-fi movie from the Wachowskis stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis and is due out next summer. This is the first original (non-adapted) idea that the Wachowskis have brought to film since the Matrix trilogy:
And here's the trailer for the new Godzilla movie, which I have to at least respect for its ability to build a good sense of tension:
The Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vs. Pearl Jam vs. Slog Holiday Charity Challenge continues! We are raising money to support YouthCare's Orion Center...
TOTAL $$$ RAISED SO FAR FOR THE ORION CENTER [NOW ACTUALLY UPDATED]::
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans have donated: $29,303.14
• Pearl Jam fans: $22,078.27
• Slog fans: $7,671.00
And Seattlish fans are still donating: $850.00 so far!
TOTAL $$$ RAISED: $59,902.41
[Eds. note: Dan Savage used yesterday's numbers when he originally posted this. Now they've been updated, and THEY ARE AMAZING. Let's keep giving! We're getting closer and closer to our $100,000 goal, which will keep YouthCare's Orion Center fully funded for the next year!!! If you would like to protest against Dan Savage's sloppy Slogging, just donate on behalf of Seattlish below. Or on behalf of Slog! We protest too!]
Donate to the Orion Center right now!
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans: GO HERE TO GIVE!
• Pearl Jam fans: GO HERE TO GIVE!
• Slog fans: GO HERE TO GIVE!
• And Seattlish fans can go here to give and make a note that it's on behalf of Seattlish/anti-ME!
The band and/or blog fans that raise the most for the Orion Center by December 24th WIN the title of the Best Fans of the Best Band or Best Blog in the Universe!
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General Motors has named Mary Barra its next chief executive, making her the first woman to head up a major automaker. Ever. Barra, 51, GM's current head of product development, will take the reins in January, culminating a 33-year career at the world's second largest automaker.
It shouldn't be, but this is kind of a big deal. After decades of gender "equality," only 4.2 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. Perhaps after a few more decades of equality, headlines like the one on this post will be reduced to being merely offensive instead of ironic?
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Patricia Millett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Millett is the first presidential nominee to be confirmed under new Senate rules pushed through last month by Democrats that make it harder for Republicans to filibuster presidential appointments. The vote was 56-38.
He is taking selfies with European allies...
President Obama and David Cameron take a selfie with "an unidentified official." Here's a wire photo: http://t.co/Bw096o4Y4O
— Jeff Simon (@jjsimonWP) December 10, 2013